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Summary Of Another Happy Week ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ

Hello everyone, how are you? ๐Ÿ˜Š Iโ€™ve had a really happy week so far. Christopher has worked late every night this week, which has been theโ€ฆ whatโ€™s the opposite of a highlight? Anyway, it was the one bummer about the week. I got used to having him home in the afternoons. ๐Ÿ˜” However, we still managed to have lots of quality time together somehow. That did make up for it, and was really nice.

โœจ๐ŸŒˆ Monday ๐ŸŒˆโœจ

Monday I got lots of commission work done, and that night I made a nice salmon dinner:

Also, I deleted the Twitter app again, at least for now. Really, the only difference it makes is that I canโ€™t look at my lists or follows (my Internet blocks still allow me to post and reply on my browser). I did it because the negativity was getting to me a bit again, and I was spending too much time on it. Iโ€™ll check in again at some point, maybe during the weekend (writing this part of the post on Wednesday, even though I’ll be wrapping it up Saturday or Sunday). But truly the benefit is always immediate. Suddenly I have lots of extra time and feel less stressed. ๐Ÿ˜…

Since I always have to be reading something, not using my phone/Twitter means that Iโ€™ve gone back to playing Wintertide Miracles as well as reading the Tarzan trilogy. Iโ€™m almost done with the last volume (The Beasts of Tarzan).

As Iโ€™ve read these books, I really marvel that they made a kidsโ€™ movie with this as the source material. Itโ€™s really kind of hilarious. These are not child-friendly books, but that is the least of the issues with them, really. ๐Ÿ˜… Let’s just say that I think today, Disney would not touch these books for a possible adaptation with a ten foot pole. I’ll go into more detail in a future post.

โœจ๐ŸŒˆ Tuesday ๐ŸŒˆโœจ

I finally secured my new t-rex to the wall (and also to the shelf, just in case it tips over). Doesnโ€™t she look amazing! The Imaginext baby raptors and t-rexes are large, around 9โ€ tall, so that gives you an idea of how massive my new lady is:

On this day I also went to Target and to the craft store for ingredients to make handmade chocolates for my Valentines. ๐Ÿฅฐ I saw this little book while at Target and took a photo because it was so cute:

When I got back home, I once again sat down to get lots more commission work done, while Kotoko and Rosie kept me company:

I love having cats… I’ve enjoyed having dogs too, and of course rats, and hamsters, and birds. But the lowest-stress pets I’ve ever had have been cats and snails. Both have such a knack for reducing my stress levels. Even the snails do. I’ll set out to deep clean the tank, with some dread because it’s such a job that requires such a careful hand and full-on attention. Yet when I’m done, it has melted my stress away.

And, being as I am someone who enjoys almost constant quiet company, thanks to the kitties I do not feel lonely during my workday. It’s really nice. I’m grateful to have them.

โœจ๐ŸŒˆ Wednesday ๐ŸŒˆโœจ

This was the best day of the week! The contractor was supposed to come work on our friendโ€™s future bedroom which needs to be finished ASAP. But there was a miscommunication and he didnโ€™t show. Still, I did all my chores in the morning, once again got a LOT of commission progress done, and watched almost the entire first season of Camp Cretaceous. I liked it a lot!

I spent the evening in very good company, got to go to Starbucks, and in the afternoon my polyam necklace came. Itโ€™s really beautiful and Iโ€™m going to be wearing it as much as possible. ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ’•

Christopher came home a little later and I had a dinner of beef tacos waiting for him. After dinner, we watched Ghostbusters: Afterlife which was great. I drew until my iPad was dying, and then we cuddled for the remainder (about half) of the movie. And after that we watched more of The Secret of Blue Water in bed. It was a very nice evening. With him working so late I didnโ€™t expect to have so much time together, I know it helps when I have all my chores done and dinner ready, thoughโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Gotta work on that so we can have more times like these.

Anyway, I definitely got my fill of affection/attention on this day, so I went to bed blissfully happy.

โœจ๐ŸŒˆ Thursday ๐ŸŒˆโœจ

Christopher let me have a huge treat on this day (literally and figuratively)! The apatosaurus I wanted so badly!

Iโ€™ve been worried about just missing out on it since things just keep going out of stock and not coming backโ€ฆ so in exchange for cancelling my Pokรฉmon Legends: Arceus preorder, he let me have my apatosaurus. It was a no brainer, I can always get the game in the future.

I walked all the way back from Target with this big heavy box, which thankfully is still the smallest of the legacy boxes, because it has to be put together.

I couldn’t resist taking some outside photos…

I especially love the detail on the face, and being able to have it hold leaves in its mouth! ๐Ÿ˜„

โœจ๐ŸŒˆ Friday ๐ŸŒˆโœจ

On Friday I finally found a good place for my new dino friend, right above my computer area. I think it looks very majestic!

The afternoon and evening was very pleasant. Someone came to look at the room that needs work again, and our friend/future roommate came over in the evening. I made dinner for the three of us (salmon croquettes) and then we played Smash and Mario Golf: Super Rush for a while.

I did decently well in both games (for me). I’m terrible, terrible at Smash, which my old wrist injury doesn’t help with at all. The two times I managed to win (one being Friday night) was early matches before it started bothering me too much.

I love Ludwig, by the way. I donโ€™t have much chance to express that because there just isnโ€™t much merch or anything of him, but I adore him. I always play as him in Smash now (didn’t find Daisy as fun as I expected –still play as her in Mario Golf though).

After that, our friend played Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (for, I think, a couple of hours?) while we just enjoyed each other’s company and watched.

I think I might have to play this game myself, I never did before, and it looks so adorable. I think that was my favorite part of the evening, just sitting mostly quietly together, watching. Times like those are truly the happiest for the three of us, I think. I feel totally at peace, safe, loved.

When I’m feeling like that, nodding off, I just wish I could just fall asleep like that and wake up in bed the next morning not knowing how I got there.

โœจ๐ŸŒˆ Saturday ๐ŸŒˆโœจ

This morning I somehow coaxed Christopher outside, and we went to have breakfast together. ๐Ÿฅฐ Also picked up a small treat for our friend, since he’s showing up at some point this weekend.

I brought Picaรฑa along:

Christopher’s smile was looking unusually adorable this morning so I took a picture. I just love him so much, I’ll never get tired of looking at him smile like this. ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

The lights at this place were super cool!

Last two days I also got a ton of commission work done (all nine warm-ups that I had left) which have already been posted almost everywhere. I’ll be posting them here too in a bit (I’ll post-date them though so they don’t bury this post). After that, I’ll begin my weekend housework, and then, more commissions, of course.

Hope you all enjoy your weekend!

An Intense First Week Of 2022! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

Hello everyone! Well, this was a wild week to put it very mildly… I ended up not having time to blog at all, so everything is in a single post so I can catch up once and for all.

Sunday

Starting with last Sunday, we spent the whole weekend actually working on the future room for our friend. This was supposed to be a small, simple job, but due to issues we found we had to strip the paint off the walls, plus we also found holes that need fixing, etc…

The three of us are doing all we can on our own, and our friend even removed all of the popcorn ceiling by himself which was hellish to do and took hours:

But as for the rest, ideally we need to hire someone –and fast. The first quote we got was stupidly high and out of eight leads no one else is getting back to us. We have just a few weeks to complete the room so it’s adding a bit of stress right now for sure, especially because even if we hire someone, we still have to paint it ourselves, install the closet system, etc… hopefully we won’t have to do the whole job ourselves. ๐Ÿ˜“

Monday

Monday was a great day that ended terrible. Like, the worst. ๐Ÿ˜… But first, let me get a cute snail photo I took on this day out of the way:

That’s one of my Cuban snails. I’ve grown extremely fond of them. I love the little ridges on their shells, the way they get their bluish bodies so stubby or so long, and how they shake their shells to get things off of them. I also have a few hatchlings of my own now and they are even cuter.

Anyway, as planned over the weekend, Monday evening our friend came over and we left for Kura Sushi in Aventura. This restaurant has a conveyor belt system that we were all very excited to experience. I dressed up a bit and off we went.

Side note, but being in the back seat of the car with my two most special people in the world in front, is probably the Littlest I ever feel. I know I’m not alone in this (there’s so much art in the community of precisely this thing, lol) but being in the back seat just playing with your toys, coloring, or playing video games, while your caretaker/s discuss complicated things you can barely begin to understand so it all goes over your head, is something that gives me and many other Littles the safest, coziest, happiest feeling –bonus points if it’s raining. Even if I’m grouchy, this always makes me feel better.

I brought Ramen Noodle along on that day:

As for the restaurant itself, it was an utterly lovely experience. I really thought this would be a place we would come to again and again. The conveyor belt was really cool:

The top belt (not visible here) brings specific orders to each table. The belt you see above is where food is always rotating and passes by all tables. I tried all sorts of things, both sweet and savory. This milk tart was one of my favorites:

I also tried takoyaki for the first time (didn’t like it very much) sesame balls, and these fried rice thingies which I liked so much, I ordered it twice:

And one of these wonderful things (who knows which?) made me, and only me, very brutally ill. And now none of us wants to go again to play food poisoning roulette with our bodies at this restaurant again. ๐Ÿ˜ž Even though we loved it so much otherwise. It was such a lovely experience until that happened.

Since now I will go into detail about being sick and it’s gross, you’ve been warned. Skip to Wednesday if you don’t want to read about that.

Tuesday

So actually this started Monday night. Around… 11:30pm. I started getting stomach cramps that felt like I was being simultaneously knifed and kicked in the stomach. This lasted a long time, until my body decided to empty its bowels spectacularly, to the point that there was a non-insignificant amount of blood mixed in.

Here Christopher began to do some research while I just lay on the bedroom floor trying to disassociate from my terrible situation. Since all of my symptoms to that point matched food poisoning that could be waited out at home (even the bit of blood) there was nothing to do but stay hydrated and wait.

In between the nausea, stomach cramps, fever and headache, I did not sleep much. When I did, sometimes it was on my floor futon, sometimes it was on the floor. Sometimes it was sitting on the toilet. At some point I could not hold things in anymore, and my body, quite done emptying out of one end, decided to switch gears and empty from the other. I vomited many times (lost count, really). When the sun started to rise I still felt atrocious. And right around then, my food poisoning cramps started to improve only for my period cramps to start. Bad ones.

Christopher stayed home from work, thankfully, as I would not have been able to look after myself. I was extremely weak (legs barely holding me if I went to the bathroom) and spent the entire day queasy and in pain. But I stayed hydrated, and in the evening I was finally able to eat a mild meal that he made for me:

After eating, I was able to shower, and spend time in the couch watching TV. I was so absolutely spent from being so very sick, that I had no problem sleeping heavily once it was bedtime despite having slept on and off all of Tuesday.

Wednesday

Wednesday I was on my own again. I was able to get out of bed and do a few things, including commission work. But I also had cramps all day from my period. It was still a slow, tiring day. I feel like I spent a lot of this week in some sort of pain or discomfort and a lot of exhaustion… still, compared to Tuesday, I felt pretty well.

Thursday

Thursday was exciting because my long-wished-for t-rex came in the mail! It’s so cool and massive!

Dinosaurs make me so damn happy. I love them. Itโ€™s like with my Charlie Bears. Just utter joy when looking at my dinosaur toys, the bigger they are the happier they make me.

OH NO

Anyhow, I put him on a high shelf with my baby t-rexes and raptors. Now I just have one left that is a must have: the apatosaurus. Hopefully I can get it before it disappears from shelves.

Date Night

Thursday was also date night. We had an AppleBee’s gift card, so we decided to go out. I had an appetizer plate for my meal.

Christopher had a sandwich… I think? I took this photo before his plate came.

We hadn’t been here in a very, very long time. It’s a bit of a shocker how much these prices have gone up. I know it’s not just here, it’s everywhere, but it’s bad. Still, we really enjoyed our meal. It’s nice to have a little outing like this once in a while.

After we got home, we played Smash for a while, and then watched Don’t Look Up. Really enjoyed the movie, and just cuddled throughout rather than working on my iPad as would usually be my habit. It was nice.

The Weekend

The weekend was wonderful. By this time, I had fully recovered from my food poisoning ordeal as well as from my period. And in the evening, the Yoshi Build-A-Bear plushie that I got as a Christmas present from my friend Island came in. He’s so cute!

Friday and Saturday our friend came to spend time with us. As always, it was lovely. We hung out for a bit on Friday; I watched the two of them play Smash (he wiped the floor with Christopher, repeatedly) and then we went out to Bento for dinner. Lately though, he’s been making an effort to spoil my blog photos… ๐Ÿ˜‘

He went home soon after dinner, but Saturday we all spent even more time together.

A lot of that day was spent watching our friend create a 3D render of our back porch. I was amazed by how fast he did this, even though it took a couple of hours, it was still incredible to me, and fun to watch. I worked on a commission while this was going on, and Christopher had fun playing some of the records he’d accumulated but not yet listened to. Once the render was finished, we went out to eat again. I will try to update this post with a few images of the render later, because it was so cool.

When we got back, we played Mario Golf Super Rush for the first time. It was pretty fun.

I took a break to make cookies, and then we played some more. Then we played Smash for a while, I even won once which was a complete fluke… Wish I got a screenshot because I’m sure it’s never happening again.

Also, I think by this point I’m gonna try to main Ludwig, I just like him a lot.

Playing Smash really hurts my drawing hand, so after a few rounds I just watched the two of them play. Unlike Friday, Christopher mostly wiped the floor with our friend. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

We might have all hung out today (Sunday) too, but our friend had a very early workday on Monday, like 4:00am early. So I spent today doing lots of chores while Christopher rested (but he did help me too, and drove me back from the grocery store, and made a really wonderful dinner for us).

Since soon I’m going to be looking after both of them, I really want to get back into taking care of the house properly and on a good schedule. So I washed all the sheets and towels, deep cleaned all three bathrooms and the kitchen, refilled the critter feeders and planted more grass for the cats, did the dishes, laundry, and grocery shopping, made the beds, took care of the animals… it was a lot of work, hours and hours, but I felt pretty satisfied with the results.

Tomorrow want to deep clean the snail tank, mow the lawn, and finish a couple of commissions. I also would like to go on my walks again since the holidays got in a way of them a lot.

Christopher should be home early since his booster appointment is in the afternoon… hopefully, we hear back from someone about the room work.

I’ll post at least one finished commission tomorrow but hopefully more. I’m so grateful to everyone for their patience! ๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™€๏ธ

Party Night! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽฎ๐ŸŒˆ

Today I had a day/evening all to myself, so I kinda partied a little bit! ๐Ÿ˜ To begin with, I got myself all set up in the movie room, with Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ on the projector:

With all of the Christmas decorations, especially the Christmas village, it really added to the wintertide atmosphere of the game.

I brought Grover and Bowser Jr. to keep me company so I wasn’t as lonely:

And I had a little feast set out all for myself:

Below are some spoilers for Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ soโ€ฆ donโ€™t read any more if you plan to play it!!

I decided to play Lupin’s First Christmas scenario tonight. While Lupin isn’t my favorite LI, I really enjoyed his scenario. It was very cute, and the CGs were beyond beautiful. Here are some of my favorites.

As I play more and more scenarios, little brother Finis continues to be the absolute highlight. I just love him. I love his interactions with everyone. Moments like these are pure gold:

I decided to tackle Impey’s route next. I’m not sure why I did Lupin before Impey, since Impey is my 3rd favorite LI in Code: Realize, but even that has changed now. I wasn’t as crazy about Saint Germain in this fandisc, and I realized during this scenario that I like Impey even more than I remembered.

Even on my Guardian of Rebirth and Future Blessings playthroughs, I found Impey very, and I mean very reminiscent of someone I love, even more so in Wintertide Miracles, so I’m enjoying playing his scenario a lot. It’s been enough to bump up Impey to my second favorite, or perhaps even tie him with Van Helsing. Sorry, Van. ๐Ÿ˜’

I have not, on the whole, been a big fan of the “from the LI’s perspective” stuff in Wintertide Miracles. In general I am not a fan of being in the LI’s POV at all. But Impey is the exception: even more than the other LIs, what goes through his heart and mind is so different from what his goofy, never-serious, over-the-top demeanor shows, that the contrast in seeing his thoughts is irresistible, as are moments like these, since he so rarely makes these facial expressions…

For the same reason, I love his seriousness in the scenes where he is discussing engineering stuff with Nemo, and all other nonsense is out of his mind, even the MC temporarily, even though he’s thinking about her the rest of the time. Impey has a passion that none of the other characters has to the same extent, IMO, all making a wonderful contrast with his everyday goofy demeanor. Even more so, the banter between him and Lupin is so… SO familiar to me… ๐Ÿ˜… I find it so utterly endearing. It’s almost to a T exactly like that between my husband and our dear friend, uncannily so, even.

I’m still taking my time with Impey’s scenario, and this fandisc in general, but it also happened to contain my favorite Finis moment yet. The MC forces poor tsundere Finis to tell her that he loves her, and incredibly, he does say it (wow!):

…only for the MC to confirm it doesn’t feel quite the same when her little brother says it, as opposed to when Impey does (WOW). I forgot to screencap that, but Finis’ pure rage and embarrassment at his sister’s let-down reaction to him voicing his feelings with so much difficulty is the funniest thing I’ve seen in any Code: Realize game yet, I actually laughed out loud. ๐Ÿคฃ

Bonus Finis moment that I loved:

What an adorable, overprotective little shit.

That was all the playing I got done for today. It’s rare that I’m home alone at night, so it’s always kind of exciting, until I have to go to bed. I hate being all alone at night in this big house, it’s a bit scary, I suppose… at least I had both Kotoko and Rosie with me. Rosie cuddled right on the pillow:

Tomorrow I’m going to work some more on commissions. I hope everyone has had a great start to their week!

Pre-Trip Wrap-Up ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ’ฆ

Hi hi, everyone! This is another wrap-up of the last few days. Life is busy and happy and I donโ€™t have time to blog every day right now. ๐Ÿ˜…

Last Sunday I went to the Asian market to get some special goodies. One of the things I got were these panda chocolate balls. The decor in each little package made the white balls look like pandas. It was so cute!

The white shell was very hard. You couldnโ€™t bite into it right off the bat. But the inside was soft, delicious chocolate. You could bite into the shell after having it in your mouth for a little while. ๐Ÿผ

Hereโ€™s some kitty photos I took on Monday. Rosie and Kotoko:

Kotoko was dealing with a bit of an UTI earlier this week, and Tomoyoโ€™s asthma has been acting up terribly due to the dryer air that comes with colder weather. Iโ€™m trying my best to make them well.

๐Ÿ’• Visiting Mom ๐Ÿ’•

Monday night I went to my momโ€™s for a longer visit. I was very tired on Monday and didnโ€™t do anything really, I crashed on her couch as soon as I arrived. Itโ€™s very unusual for me. But the next day I had plenty of energy, got up early and went on my 10 km walk. I walked all the way to the beach!

I came to this beach recently with a good friend, but it was late, on a moonless night. You couldnโ€™t really see the sea and it was a bit spooky. You could hear it though. But this time I was able to get lots of beautiful pictures. It was so pleasant.

I even got some video:

On the way there, I met a neighborhood kitty with a sad-looking face:

And on the way back I came across a man walking his dog and his cat at the same time. I didnโ€™t get a picture of that, but it was interesting to see. Only the dog had a leash.

When I got back, I had a little snack and completed another event in Legend Of Mana:

Sweeney was so happy to see me. Tuesday is a workday for my mom, and I left the house before her, so he wasnโ€™t expecting anyone to be back before the evening. He was over the moon!

Shampoo, too, was a little ball of affection. I took a nap, and she stayed with me the whole time.

I spent all of Tuesday working on family gift art for Christmas, watching YouTube, and playing Legend of Mana alternatively. I brought my own lunch since my mom wasnโ€™t expecting me here two days as it was a bit of a last minute decision:

I did some events in LoM that I hadnโ€™t done in my original play through, so that was kinda fun!

Hereโ€™s a few screenshots. The art of this game is such a treat. Sometimes I have to stop playing and just stare at the backgrounds. They are gorgeous.

Iโ€™ve passed the halfway mark with the events now. Iโ€™m enjoying this trip down memory lane very much, but I do also just want to finish, because I have so many other games to play.

For dinner on Tuesday night, my mom made chorizo. It was really good!

Wednesday morning I went on the same walk. I donโ€™t usually do 10 km walks unless I know I wonโ€™t be able to do my evening walk. That was the reason yesterday too. I walked to the beach and back again.

After I got back, my mom and I had mate:

I think I may bring Bowser Jr. on the trip. I was going to bring one of my teddies but Bowser Jr. stands up so nicely for photosโ€ฆIโ€™m not sure.

The entire day was spent much in the same way as Tuesday, except it was my momโ€™s day off so she was also here. I worked on the very last piece of Christmas gift art and played Legend Of Mana until my Switch battery died.

In the afternoon, we had this for a snack (more like an early dinner for me):

Itโ€™s called a โ€œcoxinhaโ€. It was really good. It was filled with something like cream cheese and shredded chicken.

Today was Dรญa Del Dibujante in Argentina. My mom always has a little surprise for me on this day (it basically means, a day to celebrate people who draw). This was the present she got me:

Itโ€™s a pair of earrings shaped like pencil shavings! I love them so much!

Christopher picked me up in the evening. I missed him so much, I was so happy to see him again. Once home, I got to see some things that came in the mail, namely, this new Daisy shirt:

…and a game that Christopher got for us since it was finally on sale, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe:

And that brings us to now โ€”Wednesday night. Tomorrow is going to be a very busy day for me; I have to do all of my pre-trip prep! Iโ€™ll be gone from Friday until Sunday and wonโ€™t be answering any DMs of any kind.

Iโ€™m besides myself with excitement for so many reasons. ๐Ÿ™ˆ I just want time to go faster! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ That was actually part of the reason I stayed longer at my momโ€™s. I really need distractions and to make time fly. But I think it almost just made time feel slower because I missed Christopher a lot.

A Wonky Weekend But It Was Okay After All ๐Ÿ˜Š

You canโ€™t force a good day out of sheer will, but I think I helped it along a lot today.

My headache came and went, sometimes it was bad, and a few times today I did feel pretty low mood-wise. But I powered through all my chores, I worked on my blog, on commissions, I took care of the animals, did the grocery shopping, made Christopher a good meal (wellโ€ฆ there was an honest attempt), and made time to spend with him. That was important.

I also updated my character on Guild Wars 2, I want to make yet another attempt to get into this game since itโ€™s something that Christopher enjoys. I will say that, after this revamp, this is the most Iโ€™ve ever liked my character:

Right now Iโ€™m reading a bedtime story with Rosie, who as of writing this has cuddled up next to me after inspecting my book:

Anyway. Itโ€™s supposed to rain on and off all day tomorrow, but Iโ€™ll try to go on my walks, all the same. Iโ€™m hoping for a week of posting lots of commissions and Iโ€™ll be looking forward to a visit from my mom in law this weekend. She asked for empanadas so Iโ€™ll be making that.

Iโ€™m rambling (and possibly blowing my bedtime further? probably notโ€ฆ ๐Ÿค” to write this) so Iโ€™ll sign off hereโ€ฆ goodnight, everyone!

Happy Saturday, Guys! ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿฆ‹

Good morning, everyone! ๐ŸŒž Iโ€™m writing this from the โœจ nice and clean โœจ back porch. ๐Ÿ˜Š I’m so glad I pushed through and did that! Now Iโ€™m waiting for Christopher to wake up so we can go garage saling today. Our good friend is too busy with work to join us, which has us both a little bummed, but we will have a good time all the same.

Itโ€™s a little cooler today. In an hour or two it will be hot as ever, but right now Iโ€™m outside and wearing a jacket, which really feels kind of amazing. October is halfway overโ€ฆ cooler weather is just around the corner for us, and really, it canโ€™t come soon enough. I love being out here with the cats.

Plus, I can’t wait to take walks at other times of the day other than sunrise and sunset, you know, when the sun is actually out, without melting.

That aside, since I started tracking my periods again, now I know that Iโ€™m PMSing, which does explain my crappy mood the last day or so. Itโ€™s really helpful to realize that itโ€™s going on, so I can see some things more objectively.

Art wise, Iโ€™m feeling very encouraged. I was sure there was no way that this month I could put the full $1,000 towards my momโ€™s fund, AND the $500 towards our house debt, becauseโ€ฆ well, this month I paid off my Amazon card, and it was at over $500 (in the last few months I had a bunch of not super smart purchases… games, clothes, and a lot in Christmas presents for this year –most of it before things went to heck for us).

BUT. I gave Christopher the $500 for the monthly debt, I paid off the $500+ of the Amazon card, AND I have $395 set aside for my mom’s move-in fund. If I make it to $500, I won’t feel like I failed (because the Amazon card is not a regular expense). But if I make it to $1,000… the full monthly amount… I’ll feel very triumphant indeed.

Anyway, Christopher’s awake so it’s time to finish getting ready. I’ll post again later today!

Two Steps Back –And Forward Again! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Yesterday was a hard day. It kinda started Tuesday night when we went to bed and noticed Kotoko hadn’t joined us as is her usual routine. She was hiding in an unusual little nook under my studio bed and looked quite unhappy.

This was coupled with her vomiting even on an empty stomach (white foam) over the last few days, something that intensified in the previous 24 hours, with her appetite quite reduced. Since she had some loose stool as well during this period, and because she is old, it all became very concerning. Her hiding like that from us was the most unusual part.

We hoped so much to avoid a vet appointment, because it was at a minimum a $300 expense that we could ill afford. But yesterday morning, it became clear that we had to go, as she continued to hide from us and throw up. I took this picture right as we were leaving for the vet. She behaved very well.

On the one hand, thanks to the appointment I confirmed her ears are okay, her spotty eye is fine, the lump on her back leg is fatty tissue, and her teeth are also okay. She was given medication to control the vomiting, which has helped (she didn’t vomit anymore since yesterday morning) and a bunch of blood work, the results of which we should have today.

But on the other hand, I was SO discouraged. It was so hard to raise this month’s $500 for this month’s debt to take some stress off Christopher’s plate. I was so proud –even though I still have to raise more before November. But after the vet bill, we were set back around $300 (there was an additional $25 for other items for her):

To have such an amount removed from all of my efforts this month nearly made me cry with frustration. I’m drawing all the time, trying my best to make things okay, but I can’t catch up like this. We received a significant amount of help yesterday but it had us over $200 in the hole still. So even this morning, I was really sad about that.

It was when I came back from my walk that I had Christopher check and realized just how much we received in donations (since I had them sent directly to his PayPal) and my mind was blown!!

The entire vet bill and additional meds were covered thanks to your generous donations! ๐Ÿ˜ญ The $500 I made to put towards our house debt are once again, untouched. And, most importantly, Kotoko is feeling better. This photo is from the way back from the vet (I know, the photos are very similar) but even then, because of the fluids and anti-nausea meds, she was feeling better:

It took a while for the fluids to go into her (something for which they took her to the back) so I fooled around with the Jurassic World Alive app on my phone while we waited…

Anyway, I just want to reiterate how grateful I am, all I wanted was to not have this be such a painful hit for our finances, discouraging as it was, and in the end we received so much help that we didn’t have to lose the money saved for the debt. I am so grateful to everyone who donated!

To continue in regards to yesterday. When we got back home, though I was trying to stay cheerful for Christopher (who I could tell was doing the same) I felt really low. Christopher did his best to cheer me up, he treated me to Chipotle and Starbucks on the same day. But it took a while until I felt okay again.

At least though, I managed to push through my hated task of cleaning the porch. And boy, did I hate it. But it is done, and by the time night fell, I finally let the cats outside again, to their utter delight. They’re still there now, enjoying themselves:

I also planted more grass for them to eat while they are on the porch, something I know they miss a lot.

The place looks a good bit emptier with all that I’ve thrown away, but that’s fine. It looks clean. And since this was something that was angering and depressing me so much, I expect my mood to continue to improve today and over the weekend, every time I see it. ๐Ÿ˜Š I’m also gonna clean up the house a little bit, since I am considering having a party the weekend after this one. ๐Ÿค”

During one of my cleaning breaks yesterday, while having my coffee, I read some of this book I got at the Swap Shop…

It’s very simple, but quite adorable. I like it because the stories are not about bears in general but about teddy bears specifically (as in, toys).

And that brings me to now! I’m having breakfast with Picaรฑa as I work on this post.

Anyway, today I really need to catch up on artwork, as much as I can. Things are not delayed per the queue, but they are per my monetary personal goals. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ This week just kinda went to heck, though thanks to everyone’s support it is turning around again! ๐ŸŽ‰